Old trouts set the trend

August 3, 2001

Lovers of leather could find themselves making a new fashion statement thanks to Peruvian engineer Barbara León.

Ms León won second prize in a technological innovations competition, run by Lima's Pacific University, with a process for making leather out of trout skin. The $5,000 (£3,500) prize will be invested in a trout tannery in the Andes.

She said that trout skin is suitable for shoe uppers, watch straps and other accessories.

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